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Memorable Manitobans: Greenwood Briercliffe (1860-1924)


Born at Farnsworth, England on 26 August 1860, a descendant of a prominent British cotton manufacturer, he came to the Rural Municipality of Springfield in 1882. He established a sheep farm and, a few years later, turned to general farming which he conducted until retirement in 1912 when he moved to Winnipeg. He and wife Elizabeth Dyson (1859-1930) had eight children: Bessie Dyson Briercliffe (1886-1886), Henry Carle Dyson “Harry” Briercliffe (1887-1973), Evelyn Greenwood Briercliffe (1889-1969), Aylmer Vernon Briercliffe (1890-1970), Rudolph Eli Briercliffe (1891-1891), Albany Featherstone Briercliffe (1892-1960), May Elfreda “Freda” Briercliffe (1896-1972, wife of Reginald Frederick Dawkins), and Lillian Elizabeth “Lil” Briercliffe (1895-1994). He served as a Justice of the Peace and was a member of the Springfield municipal council for 17 years. Blinded in 1919, he died at his Winnipeg residence, 512 Greenwood Place, on 2 December 1924 and was buried in the St. John's Anglican Cemetery. He is commemorated by Greenwood Place in Winnipeg.


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Death claims early settler,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 December 1924, page 6.

Obituary [Evelyn Greenwood Briercliffe], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 November 1969, page 16.

Obituary [H. C. D. Briercliffe], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 August 1973, page 35.

Obituary [Lillian Elizabeth Briercliffe], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 July 1994, page 42.

Obituary [Robert Greenwood Briercliffe], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 March 2021.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 March 2021

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